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the group's assets in the united states in a move that is hardening the taliban. here's our report. >> reporter: the haqani network has repeatedly launched terrorist attacks in neighboring afghanistan. the u.s. accuses pakistan of supporting the group, but pakistan dismissed it, wh which has become a sticking point in bilateral relations. the pakistani government raised the u.s. classification in a statement and calls the move a u.s. internal member. it adds the members of the network are not pakistani citizens and pakistan cannot answer for any of their actions. the u.s. have often urged pakistan to mount military operations against the haqani network at its stronghold in northwestern pakistan. following the designation of the network as a terrorist organization, the usa could put even more pressure on pakistan to take action. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: meanwhile, the taliban is ramping up its resistance. one of the taliban members involved with secret talks with the u.s. in qatar gave a warning when he spoke to nhk last month. >> it will pay to have involved in the peac
are considered a military attack on iran's nuclear facilities. >>> the united states and 33 other countries are taking part in a large-scale military exercise in the persian gulf. it's one of the world's key oil transport routes. the u.s.-led military drill comes amid a deepening rift between iran and the west over tehran's nuclear development program. our crews spent time on board a u.s. support ship and a japanese minesweeper to take a firsthand look at the drill. sho beppu reports. >> reporter: this u.s. navy support ship was built 41 years ago and was due to be decommissioned earlier this year. it was originally used for land troops, but it has been since equipped for minesweeping duties. it has been deployed in the region since june. the ship is at the center of the naval exercise, which is aimed at strengthening the ability of the participants to keep shipping lanes open in the persian gulf. iran has threatened to choke off ship traffic passing through the strait of hormuz in the gulf. >> the exercise area is approximately 45 to 50 miles off of bahrain, and we are -- >> 80 miles. >> -
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